The Guam International Film Festival is run by a collective group of passionate industry professionals and volunteers from the region who dedicate their works to support artistic endeavors that will foster growth among the Pacific Asian filmmaking and art communities.
Co-Founder, Festival Executive Producer: Don Muna
Don is an award-winning independent film professional, and along with his brother Kel, has pioneered the independent cinema movement on Guam. For more information, visit Don Muna’s Official Site.
Co-Founder, Festival Programmer: Kel Muna
Kel is an award-winning independent film professional, and along with his brother Don, has pioneered the independent cinema movement on Guam. For more information, visit Kel Muna’s Official Site.
Festival Director: J.D. Iriarte
Former Director of Development at Paramount Studios and Hollywood celebrity event planner, J.D.’s recent endeavors include CEO and Co-Founder of “We the People, Inc.”, a socially responsible multi-faceted production company that specializes in entertainment & media.
International Director: Taro Tsuruga
Taro Tsuruga started his career as an investment banker and advertising go-getter. His experience includes the UniFrance French Film Festival and Festival Del Cinema Italiano Film Festival in Japan. Having a passion for global arts and a strong love for Guam’s culture, he was appointed International Director of the Guam International Film Festival in 2012. He is the husband of fine-art photographer Nahono Tsuruga.
TEAM GIFF Volunteers:
Guest Services Coordinator: Naomi Castro
Hospitality Coordinator: Myracle Mugol
Festival Supervisor: Ruzelle Amparo
Assistant Supervisor: Kevin Montano
Assistant to Directors: Brandon Santos
A/V Tech, Projectionist: RJ Periera
Festival Photographer: Edgar Flores
Festival Photographer: Neil Romero
Festival Photographer: Justin Baldovino
Head Usher: Joey Charles
Head Usher: Dee Cruz
Cashier/Usher: Paulysia Duenas
Cashier/Usher: Marray “Sparrow” Nauta
Usher/Breaker: Amanda Quitoriano
Usher/Breaker: Mariana Gabriel
Usher/Breaker: Gregory Schacher
Cashier: Jackie Moore
Breaker: John Borja
Breaker: Ann Lizama
Cashier: Elaria Taitague
Usher: Angelica Kulani Okada
Usher: Jayton Okada